Fourteen deadly weapons have been recovered as seven out of many bandits terrorising Zamfara State relinquished themselves.
Zailani Bappa, the Special Adviser to the Governor Bello Matawalle on Media and Communications, in a statement made available to newsmen on Friday, January 29 revealed that the former terrorists surrendered their weapons and embraced the peace accord instituted by the incumbent governor.
Naija News understands that the least of the surrendered weapons by the bandits is AK 47 riffle. The repentant bandits were made to take an oath with the Qur’an that they will not rejoin the group again or ever become an informant to others still perpetrating evil activities.
Speaking at the event that took place at the state government house, the State Commissioner for Security Affairs, Alhaji Abubakar Dauran who presented them the bandits to Governor Matawalle said “they willingly took the decision to accept the peace offered by the Governor and will accept to be re-integrated into the society.
Giving further details on the receipt of the bandits, Bappa said, “Seven hardened bandits in Zamfara State have softened and repented as they surrendered their weapons to embrace the peace accord instituted by Governor Bello Mohammed’s administration to end the decade-old banditry in the state.
“The repentant bandits surrendered 14 dangerous weapons, the smallest among them being the popular AK 47. They publicly surrendered the weapons to Governor Bello Mohammed at the Government House today.
“Governor Matawalle accepted their resolve as they took an oath with the Holy Quran not to either go back to their past ways or become informants for their former colleagues who have yet to key into the peace process.
“Governor Matawalle promised to continue with the peace process in the state, employing the carrot and stick approach towards a successful end to the menace in the state.
Naija News understands that the repentant bandits were received in the presence of some traditional rulers in the state and a number of Islamic clerics who took turns to give them words of advice as their weapons were handed over to the State Police Command.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari is yet to react to the escape of some Chibok girls from the captivity of Boko Haram.
Over 219 secondary school girls were abducted from their secondary school in 2014 while preparing for their senior secondary school examination, Naija News reports.